Sharpness is outstanding
It's hard to get excited about a camcorder that offers so few performance improvements, but bear with us, because the Panasonic HC-V720â?? like its predecessorâ?? is a great deal.
Minus a few slight changes, both for better and worse, the V720's image quality is quite similar to the V700's. But let's not forget how strong performance was to begin with.
Comprehensive manual controls
The Panasonic HC-V720 may only have minor improvements in central areas, particularly image quality, but it does have enough additional features and enhancements to make it a worthy upgrade nevertheless. The additional image stabilisation options, 5.1 surround sound, and comprehensive WiFi features are all very welcome. With great performance and loads of features, this is a great mid-range camcorder.
Clever Wi-Fi features
The important thing when considering whether to get the Panasonic HC-V720, then, isn't whether it'll give you vastly improved image quality in your video over what some cameras or the best smartphones will do. Sadly, it often won't.
But what it does is enable you to smoothly record footage that you couldn't get any other way: close-ups in sporting events; perfectly smooth tracking of a bird taking off; video from a boat that doesn't make people too seasick.
More solid feel less plastic-y build than cheaper camcorder rivals
While the "core" optical zoom here appears comparably modest at 21x, with a focal range stretching from a wide 28mm-729.6mm and a bright f/1.8 maximum aperture, this can be digitally extended via what Panasonic calls its 50x "intelligent" zoom, though that still falls short of the 53x "advanced" zoom of the Canon and 65x "dynamic" zoom of the JVC.
50x optical zoom gives the Panasonic an incredibly long range
This Panasonic goes the whole hi-def hog, trumping the JVC GZ-VX815 with 1080p recording at 50fps. Arty video effects and a time-lapse mode are backed up with a lens that goes wider than the JVC and zooms a whole lot further too. There are Wi-Fi remote control skills too, via Android and iPhone apps.
Lots of manual controls for a budget camcorder.
The Panasonic HC-V500M is a good entry-level camcorder, and it has plenty of updates over the previous HDC-TM40. But Panasonic failed to improve the V500M's low light capabilities, which ends up being the camcorder's biggest weakness. Still, if you're looking for a sub-$500 camcorder with a lot of controls and decent image quality, then you've come to the right place. The HC-V500M has more full-fledged manual settings than the competition from Canon, Sony, and JVC in this price range.
Great camcorder for the price,
I like this camera but there are some downfalls. I purchase the camera or 1080 p Recordings but only redners in 720. The camera has no manual focus for soft focus affects so there is no depth to the video quality. The camera has great day quality footage but but becomes pixelated at night. this is a great camera but nothing Iof high quality. Great for the average consumer.
Sophisticated optical image stabilisation
The HC-V500 is another camcorder from Panasonic that doesn't quite hit the price mark for a true budget model. If you're really tight on cash, we would still recommend a more keenly priced alternative such as JVC's HD Everio GZ-E205. But if you have a little more to spend, the HC-V500 has a more generous array of configuration options and superior image stabilisation, making it worth the extra money.
Fantastic low light performance
If you're looking for a first-rate low light camcorder that won't break the bank, then the Canon HF M52 is right up your alley. It's a fantastic product in terms of video performance, and it ranked near the top of its class in all of our video tests (with the exception of image stabilization). The Vixia HF M52's $750 MSRP is steep for a mid-range model, but its exceptional video performance makes its high price understandable.
Easy-to-use interface and menus
If you're keen on the idea of a projector, then this is the camcorder for you. But if you're not going to use this feature, then it would be better to look for another camcorder in a lower price range. Both the projector and the GPS features would make this unit ideal for travelling; however, if you're looking for a simple, good-quality point-and-shoot camcorder, it would a mistake to commit to this camcorder, given its price.
When you first hear about it, the ability to convert 2D video to 3D with the JVC GZ-HM960 sounds kinda cool. When you really get into the feature, however, you'll see that it's more or a disappointment than anything else. All the camcorder does when you press the large, blue 3D button is it produces a fake 3D effect.
Great image quality
The Everio GZ-HM960BEK is a decidedly strange camcorder, although we've come to expect this kind of left-field approach from JVC. Its image quality is excellent, and it has a decent array of manual settings. The 2D/3D conversion also works better than you would expect. However, the inclusion of this technology and the glasses-free 3D display have pushed the price of this camcorder to equal or more than the top-end 2D-only models from JVC's main competitors.
Well designed touch-screen interface
A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80, and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls, unusual for their price class, and well designed touch-screen interface but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price.
Decent low-light performance
The HDC-SD80 is not quite Panasonic's budget model, but it's close. The small 1/5.8in CMOS sensor still delivers decent colour performance, although detail is down on higher-end members of the range, such as the HDC-SD90. You still get Panasonic's characteristically good level of manual control, and the touch-screen LCD allows a range of touch-operated functions.
A good range of automatic features
Sitting price-wise, as it does, at the intersection of more fully featured prosumer models and the really cheap entry-level camcorder range, the SD80 offers a fair balance of quality and features that should enable amateur videographers to improve their shooting skills without overloading them with features that they won't use or grasp fully.
Generally decent performance
The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V is a middling camcorder, and, while its built-in projector is a cool feature, we're not sure if it warrants the $950 price tag that comes with the model. The camcorder did well in most of our tests, and it really stood out in stabilization and motion, but its overall numbers weren't able to match what we saw from the competition.
Compatible with both Sony Memory Sticks and SD Cards
The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V is handheld digital camera released in early 2011 alongside the HDR-PJ10 and HDR-PJ50V. It upgrades from the former by incorporating double the flash memory (32GB), though it too offers plenty of expansion options such as SD/SDHC and Memory Stick Pro.
Good audio quality and has a built-in projector.
The stand-out features of the Hanycam HDR-PJ30VE are its Full HD video recording and inbuilt pico projector. As far as cameras with built-in projectors are concerned, this one is among the best, but it's a product that might only appeal to hardcore gadget collectors.
An affordable price
The Sony HDR-CX110 camcorder performs pretty well given its size, with video quality ranging from good to excellent. However, filming in low light, it can prove inferior. The only big downside to its performance is its saving time for buffered video. It just takes too long to save video in buffered recording mode.
Pictures are sharp and clear consistently, hard to take a bad one
The Polaroid t1232 is a colourful and stylish compact digital camera that has a few unique features but is ideal for those looking for a standard camera they can use in any environment. The 12 megapixel camera has 3X optical zoom, 5X digital zoom and 32MB built-in storage.
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